Centre to miss Street lighting programme target


Mains Paper 3: Economy | Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level:  EESL, SLNP

Mains level: SLNP: its objectives and its implementation


  • The Centre is likely to miss the goals it had set under the Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP).
  • As on date, it is implemented in all ULBs of 13 States and 1 Union Territory and partially in 11 other states and 3 UTs.

Street Light National Programme

  1. Under the SLNP, the Government aims to replace 3.5 crore conventional street lights with energy efficient LED lights.
  2. It has been launched on 5th January 2015 to convert conventional street and domestic lights with energy efficient LED lights.
  3. This would result in annual energy saving of 900 crore units and the total cost savings of municipalities every year will be Rs 5,500 crore.
  4. Energy Efficiency Services Limited, a Public Energy Services Company under the administration of Ministry of Power, Government of India (GoI) is the implementing agency for SLNP.
  5. The program is to be implemented by the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs).

Work in Progress

  1. Energy Efficiency Services Limited has installed over 76.77 lakh LED street lights in 28 States or Union Territories till January 3, 2019.
  2. But, the target under SLNP is to replace 1.34 crore conventional street lights with energy efficient LED street lights by March 2019.
  3. This goal is likely to be missed as a little over just half has been attained till now.
  4. SLNP has not been implemented so far in Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Meghalaya and Union Territories of Daman & Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Lakshadweep.
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